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Students Watch Live Action Lesson on Civil War

A group of Washington County kids on Friday learned what life was like in Fayetteville during the Civil War.
Fayetteville, AR - A group of Washington County kids on Friday learned what life was like in Fayetteville during the Civil War.

Re-enactors set up six stations outside of the Fayetteville Headquarters House to celebrate the 151st Anniversary of the Battle of Fayetteville. The event aims to get children more interested in history, and to illustrate the struggles Arkansans went through.

"It was hard," Judy Costello, Director of Historic Programs for Washington County Historical Society, says. "Fayetteville and Northwest Arkansas was torn apart from the very beginning. We had Union and Confederate sympathizers."

The event is open to the public on Saturday, and will include music, children's activities, and more.

Saturday, April 19
· 10-11 a.m. - Lecture by Rebecca Howard on "Women in the Civil War"
· 11:15-12:15 - Civil War Medicine and Medicinal Herb Program with Doug Kidd, Janice Neighbor and Jane-Ellen Ross
· 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. - Civil War Music Program by the Holmes Brigade Musicians
· 1:45 to 2 p.m. Grandma Stories of Cane Hill College with Linda Doede
· 2-3 p.m. - Battle of Fayetteville as described by Ian Beard, in the persona of Col. Marcus LaRue Harrison, the officer in charge of Union troops at the battle.
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